Ultrawideband All-Metal Flared-Notch Array Radiator
Simulations and measurements are presented for an all-metal flared-notch array element in both single and dual-polarization configurations. The ultrawideband radiator exhibits an operational bandwidth of 12:1 for broadside scan and 8:1 bandwidth at a 45-degree scan in all planes, maintaining active VSWR<;2. The feed consists of a direct coax-to-slot-line transition that mounts directly into the base of the radiator. The all-metal flared-notches are machined from common metal stock and fed via SMA coaxial connectors. No soldering is required for any part of the design-including the feed-and assembly is simple and modular. The array parts are machined using a high-precision wire-EDM cutting technology, ensuring that measurements (in the 700 MHz-9 GHz range) are repeatable and give close agreement with theory, even through multiple assembly cycles of the modular construction system. This paper presents results for a 32-element linear array of horizontal elements and also an 8 × 8 planar array of dual-polarized elements, comparing measurements with full-wave simulations of the complete finite array structures.